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Joe Niosi, Acting Director of Public Works
jniosi@bhtwp.com, 908-464-2461

2017 Yard Waste and
Leaf Pick-Up Program

Curbside pick-up of leaves and branches by the Department of Public Works will be held for eight (8) weeks this Fall. The pick-up will begin on Monday, October 23rd 2017 and will end Friday, December 15th 2017.

NO PICK-UP on November 10th, 23rd and 24th.


  1. Leaves must be places in Paper Biodegradable Bags Only. No plastic bags or open containers will be accepted. Bags are to be left at the curbline and should not be placed in the street (gutterline). This will allow proper storm water flow and will not impede street cleaning. Leaves are not to be raked into the street.

  2. Department of Public Works employees will pick up All paper Biodegradable Leaf Bags left at curbside. DPW crews will return for subsequent pick-ups once the remaining four sections are completed. Pick-up will be continuous until the end of the program.

  3. Residents are reminded that the Paper Biodegradable Bags must contain Leaves Only. No trash, branches, twigs, or brush will be accepted in bags. Bags found to contain this material will be rejected.

  4. Due to new collection procedures, please place brush (NO LOOSE LEAVES!) such that it is accessible to be picked up by large equipment from the street. The largest size branches shall be limited to four (4) inches in diameter. Lumber, building materials, leaves, roots, stumps, briars, vines, decayed branches and other debris which can damage the equipment will not be accepted. Material of this nature will be left for your disposal. Residents are advised to place at curbside only the wood items listed above. There have been instances where metal items such as posts, wire and metal bands were found mixed with the brush. This can cause severe injury to employees and damage to equipment. Should metal or other unsuitable material be found, the pile will be rejected.

  5. Only one collection of branches will be made. In order to minimize co-mingling of leaves and branches, resulting in higher disposal costs, branches will only be collected once. Residents are advised to get their branches out for the October 23rd start of the program.

Residents can direct questions to the Department of Public Works at 908-464-2461, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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